Serena Williams Becomes The Only Athlete to Enter this Prestigious List

Published 12/08/2021, 7:00 AM EST
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 23: Serena Williams of the United States reacts her quarter final match against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic during day 10 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Inarguably one of the most popular female athletes in the world, Serena Williams is a household name across the globe. The 23-time Grand Slam champion needs no introduction.

She has been named by Forbes among the world’s 100 most powerful women. Ranked at number 85, Serena debuted on the Forbes list back in 2018.

Serena Williams remains a dominant figurehead in women’s sports

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Serena Williams in action during her first round ladies’ singles match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich on centre court on day two of Wimbledon at The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture date: Tuesday June 29, 2021. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Not only did Serena Williams make it onto the 2021 list of the most powerful women in the world, but she has also been a recurring figure on it. Moreover, she was also among the 100 Women of the Year by Time, all the way back in 2003.

The 40-year-old American tennis legend swept into the Forbes list at No. 79 in 2018. Additionally, she was at No. 81 in 2019. This year, Serena Williams has ranked at No. 85 on the same. This year, she is the only athlete in that list- a great honor for the sport of tennis and for athletes everywhere.

Furthermore, Williams was also the first athlete ever to make it to the Self-Made Women list by Forbes who had also invited her as a guest speaker at their flagship Under-30 Summit two years ago in 2019.

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Her accolades don’t stop here, as she also topped Forbes’ list of the highest-paid female athletes in 2019.

Forbes celebrates ‘Serena Ventures’

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. leaves court as she retires from her first round match against Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Forbes, in Williams’ profile, took note of her many investments in startup companies this year. This was all done through her investor brand ‘Serena Ventures’, which the athlete had launched in 2014.

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Moreover, she now has almost 20 corporate partners. Her stake in the Miami Dolphins football team and her clothing line S by Serena were also mentioned.

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Samarveer Singh is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. Holding a degree in English Literature and a diploma in Fitness Sciences and Training, Samarveer is obsessed with tennis and basketball. A collegiate athlete himself, he admires all sportspersons who put in the work in order to achieve excellence.

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